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2021 RTDNAC Awards Competition

Finalists for the 2021 RTDNAC awards competition are listed below in alphabetical order by station or school name, followed by the entry title.

Send corrections to the information below to rtdnac@rtdnac.org by 5 p.m. Oct. 7.

Due to COVID-19, there will be no in-person awards luncheon this year. Winners will be announced online Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021

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TV I

Best Newscast
–  WBTV – WBTV News at 11:00 – Molly Grantham, Maggie Contreras, Alex Giles, Ron Lee, Courtney Cole
–  WNCN CBS 17 – Deputy Shot

Breaking News
–  WSOC-TV – Protests at Rock Hill PD Turns Fiery – Joe Bruno, Devan Killingsworth-Wells, Dashawn Brown, Devan Mello, JP League
–  WYFF 4 – Deputy Jumper’s Death

Community Impact
–  ABC11 WTVD – The Silent Pandemic – Jonah Kaplan, Derek Rowles, Chris Hart, Jeff Janca
–  WSOC-TV – Joe Bruno the Vaccine Hunter – Joe Bruno, Liz Bruno

Consumer/Economic
–  WBTV – Essential Housing – Jamie Boll, Jess Dyer, Kevin Marlow
–  WBTV – Utility Underwhelming – David Hodges

Education
–  WYFF 4 – Going the Extra Mile – Allen Devlin, Kevin Moran
–  WYFF 4 – Prosper Hall – Gabrielle Komorowski, Chip Baysden, Matt Moore

Entertainment
–  WBTV – Goodbye Manor – Jordan Sawyers
–  WBTV – The Heartbeat of Ludwig Drums – Brian Stephenson

General News
–  WNCN CBS 17 – CBS 17 General News – Amy Cutler, Crystal Price, Matt Morrison
–  WSOC-TV – The Pricey Parcel – Joe Bruno, Joey Williams

General News by Multimedia Journalist
–  WLOS – Oh, He Loves This – Chris Womack
–  WRAL-TV – Deaths in North Carolina Increased by 17% in 2020 – Ali Ingersoll

Hard News Feature
–  WBTV – A Mission on a Mission – Gregory Simpson
–  WYFF 4 – Country Santa Gets Slammed – Michael Cogdill, Chip Baysden

Health-Medicine
–  Spectrum News 1 North Carolina – “Chemo to Kindness Challenge” Takes Off on Social Media – Patrick Thomas
–  WRAL-TV – Death Records Show COVID Singular Cause – Ali Ingersoll, Ashley Talley

Investigative
–  WNCN CBS 17 – CBS 17 Investigates – Amy Cutler, Matt Morrison
–  WSOC-TV – Diet Tea Dangers – Allison Latos, Mike Stolp, Andy Nagele, Kim Holt

Light Feature
–  WBTV – Farm to Front Porch: Pumpkin Production in North Carolina – Kristi O’Connor
–  WYFF 4 – Santa at Unicorn Farm – Gabrielle Komorowski, Chip Baysden

Long-Form Interview
–  ABC11 WTVD – Dr. Birx: “Please Wear a Mask” – Jonah Kaplan
–  WRAL-TV – On the Record: Fake News in a Post-Trump Presidency

News Special
–  WRAL-TV – The Skin We’re In
–  WSOC-TV – Talking About Race: A Conversation with Five Black Men – Ken Lemon, Kim Holt, Andy Nagele, Bridget Russo, Anthony Sotelo

News Website
–  Spectrum News 1 North Carolina
–  WGHP-TV – MyFOX8.com

Original Digital Video
–  WBTV – WBTV News Now Desk: Rock Hill Arrests Extended Coverage – Chandler Morgan, Matthew Chandler, Morgan Newell, Abby Theodros, Sharonne Hayes

Original Web Reporting
–  Spectrum News 1 North Carolina – A Year of COVID: North Carolina in the Global Pandemic – Charles Duncan

Outstanding News Operation
–  WBTV
–  WGHP-TV

Photography
–  Spectrum News 1 North Carolina – Front Porch Politics: Long Leaf Pine – John Stampf
–  WYFF 4 – Turtle Sanctuary – Chip Baysden

Podcast (Long)
–  Spectrum News 1 North Carolina – Tying It Together with Tim Boyum: The Saga of Sylva Sam – Tim Boyum
–  WGHP-TV – A Country Store Killing – Michael Hennessey, Chris Weaver, Kevin Daniels

Podcast (Short)
–  WGHP-TV – Who Killed Grandma Nancy? Episode 2: A Family Crisis – Katie Nordeen, Chris Weaver, Kevin Daniels

Political/Election
–  Spectrum News 1 North Carolina – Camping Lawmaker – Tim Boyum, John Stampf
–  Spectrum News 1 North Carolina – Transylvania Commissioners – Tim Boyum, John Stampf

Series
–  Spectrum News 1 North Carolina – The Little Things Matter – Jessie Holmes, Courtney Wallen, Estephany Escobar, Christy Bollinger, Alexis Bell
–  WGHP-TV – Forgotten Souls of North Carolina’s Black Cemeteries – Rasheeda Kabba, Nelson Kepley
–  WNCN CBS 17 – CBS 17 Series – Crystal Price

Social Reform
–  WGHP-TV – In Black and White – Tracy Clemons, Ryan Terhune, Jeff Kilduff
–  WRAL-TV – The Talk – Julian Grace

Special Report
–  Spectrum News 1 North Carolina – Jan. 6 Capitol Riot
–  WBTV – Watauga County Funeral Special – Maria Delgado, Jess Dyer, Lee Roberts, Ray Faulkenberry
–  WRAL-TV – Forward Together: Policing & Equality Roundtable

Sports Reporting
–  WTVI PBS Charlotte – The Last Rodeo – Doug Stacker, Suzette Rhee
–  WYFF 4 – Erskine Football – Marc Whiteman, Chip Baysden

Sports Special
–  WGHP-TV – Coca-Cola 600: Tribute & Tradition – Kevin Connolly, Danny Harnden, Clara Goodwin, Chris Weaver, Timmy Hawks
–  WRAL-TV – No April Fools Joke: Roy Williams Retires from UNC

Use of Social Media
–  WBTV – WBTV News Now: Snake Season in the Carolinas – Chandler Morgan, Matthew Chandler, Andrew Barnett
–  WIS-TV – Laurel Mallory, Nick Richter, Jazmine Greene, Connor Lomis

Use of Technology
–  Spectrum News 1 North Carolina – Front Porch Thieves – Vanessa Leon
–  WIS-TV – Embracing Change – Joe Gorchow